8 June 2018 Go back to News
Update on water restriction in Dunkerrin, Co. Offaly
We are asking customers in Lisduff, Summerhill, Fourteen roads, Longford wood, Rathnaveoge upper, Castlerone, Honeymount to conserve water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and reducing water levels in the Lisduff Reservoir.
The current dry spell and increased seasonal demand are contributing to the reduced available supply of treated drinking water. In order to avoid widespread water outages it is necessary to carry out night time water restrictions on the water supply on alternate nights. The next restriction is scheduled to take place on Saturday 9 June from 11pm to 6am on Sunday morning.
The situation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
During the water restriction periods the majority of homes and businesses will still have a flow of water to their properties however low water pressure may be experienced.
A small number of properties, those located on the extremities of the network or on higher ground may loose water supply during the restrictions.
In an effort to minimise potential interruptions, customers are being asked to conserve water by refraining from watering gardens, washing cars, using power hoses and minimising their use generally.
Every small effort to save water will contribute to maintaining supplies and benefit your entire community by reducing the likelihood of water restrictions.
Please report any leaks on the public network
To help conserve water customers are being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network. Customers can report any public side leaks via our Report a Leak form or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278.
Updates will also be posted to the Water Supply Updates section.
Water conservation tips
- Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes
- Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water
- Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving
- Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
- Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills
- Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water
- Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety